Blizzard Entertainment has promised that it will come forward with a release date of the now notorious Diablo III in the ‘near future’. However, for even doing that the team is making a few sacrifices.
Blizzard recently announced on the official Diablo III website that the retail copy of the game will NOT come with the PvP multiplayer arena component.
“As we’re counting down the days until we’re ready to announce a release date for Diablo III, we’ve come to realize that the PvP game and systems aren’t yet living up to our standards. Today, we wanted to let you know that we’ve made the difficult decision to hold back the PvP Arena system and release it in a patch following the game’s launch.”
“After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who’s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete.”
Well, they’ve got that right at least; it has been nearly 4 years since the game was announced, and apart from a few trailers and a beta that was given to a few selected individuals, the company has kept everyone in the dark regarding the possible release window of the much awaited RPG title.
There is no indication as to how long the game will be available without the PvP multiplayer content, but it is confirmed that it will arrive as a downloadable patch with multiple arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PVP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system.
“While we work on making sure PvP lives up to its full potential, we hope you’ll find some consolation in the fact that soon, you’ll be having a blast leveling characters, finding items, learning the classes, and perfecting builds…and that when the Arenas do arrive, you’ll be all the better prepared for battle.”
We truly hope that it’s soon Blizzard.